Bayethe Lodge

Bayethe Lodge

Safari Lodge

Shamwari Game Reserve

Bayethe Lodge

Shamwari Game Reserve

The Shamwari Game Reserve is 25,000 hectares of malaria-free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, offering 6 different lodges with accommodation ranging from luxury tents to a gracious Edwardian mansion in the bush.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life. Steeped in Settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the reserve boasts 5 eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life, including the Big 5 as well as wild dog, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo, zebra and numerous antelope species.

Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle over the rolling hills and valleys in search of the wildlife. The experienced rangers are all in 2-way communication with each other at all times, so on any day they know where the game is, and how to find the elusive animals such as the rare black rhino.

Shamwari has received numerous international awards, including the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve.

Pronounced 'By-ye-ti', the Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation.

Each of the 12 twin-bedded air-conditioned suites are camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy, and have an en-suite bathroom, under-floor heating, outdoor shower, and viewing deck. All the suites have a private plunge pool. The 3 superior suites have a glass front opening out onto the deck, giving a real feeling of openess to the African bush. They also have a fireplace and offer the ultimate in romance and intimacy.



Light and Bright
Light and Bright, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
5* in the Bush
5* in the Bush, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Stunning Bathroom
Stunning Bathroom, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Luxury Accommodation
Luxury Accommodation, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Night shot of main lounge and spa
Night shot of main lounge and spa , Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Superior Tent
Superior Tent, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Cheetah, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Hippo, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Leopard, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Elephant Herd
Elephant Herd, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
View of Bayethe Lodge
View of Bayethe Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Room with a View
Room with a View, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Deck at Night
Deck at Night, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Views over the Reserve
Views over the Reserve, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Privacy, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge
Guest Areas
Guest Areas, Shamwari Game Reserve, ©Bayethe Lodge

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Our standard rates for a Luxury Tented Suite
DatesPriceBasisRate NameNights
1 October 2015 to 14 December 2015 GBP £ 267 US$ 398 ZAR 5,475 EUR 377 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
15 December 2015 to 31 December 2015 GBP £ 284 US$ 423 ZAR 5,825 EUR 401 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 January 2016 to 11 January 2016 GBP £ 333 US$ 496 ZAR 6,820 EUR 469 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
12 January 2016 to 31 January 2016 GBP £ 300 US$ 448 ZAR 6,160 EUR 424 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 February 2016 to 29 February 2016 GBP £ 333 US$ 496 ZAR 6,820 EUR 469 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 March 2016 to 30 April 2016 GBP £ 300 US$ 448 ZAR 6,160 EUR 424 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 May 2016 to 30 September 2016 GBP £ 249 US$ 371 ZAR 5,100 EUR 351 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 October 2016 to 14 December 2016 GBP £ 300 US$ 448 ZAR 6,160 EUR 424 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
15 December 2016 to 31 December 2016 GBP £ 333 US$ 496 ZAR 6,820 EUR 469 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 January 2017 to 11 January 2017 GBP £ 382 US$ 570 ZAR 7,840 EUR 539 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
12 January 2017 to 31 January 2017 GBP £ 338 US$ 504 ZAR 6,930 EUR 477 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 February 2017 to 28 February 2017 GBP £ 382 US$ 570 ZAR 7,840 EUR 539 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 March 2017 to 30 April 2017 GBP £ 338 US$ 504 ZAR 6,930 EUR 477 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

All meals, high tea, shared game drives, guided walks, tea/coffee, water, and game drive beverages are included. All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure.

Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply. Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.::

All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Bayethe Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic Cape Charm

This 10 night honeymoon combines the highlights of the Cape with two incredible wildlife experiences. If you’re a pair of wildlife lovers, this will be the perfect honeymoon for you.

10 day itinerary.

Prices from pp*

Vintage Cape Explorer

This itinerary features 5* properties that offer the height of traditional refinement and luxury. Combining old world charm with gracious living, with some added luxuries such as a private plunge pool on your safari deck, this is a holiday that will leave you wishing you didn't have to go home!

12 day itinerary.

Prices from pp*

*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 35 ratings

Start TestimonialThis is a fantastic experience, which I have no hesitation in recommending.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialAmazing in every respect .... accommodation/food/game drives/rangers knowledge and ability to find the animals/variety and closeness to the wild animals was breathtaking/staff/ what more can I say - absolutely fantastic! Everything was absolutely fantastic including your arranging - thank you very much and we will certainly tell everyone about Travel Butlers and Shamwari Bayethe Lodge! A huge personal thank you from us. End Testimonial

Start TestimonialWe had a fantastic stay at Bayethe Lodge and the game drives (led by Headman) exceeded all our expectations - it was a magical experience that really made our honeymoon. Loved it!End Testimonial

Start TestimonialThe game drives at Shamwari were amazing. The highlight was bushwalking to within 10 metres of a cheetah mum with her two cubs. It moved me to tears.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialShamwari was most definitly the highlight of the holiday and we saw many of the Big Five. The whole experience was amazing - the game drives, the food, the wine - all fantastic.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialWhat can I say ...... it was a fantastic holiday! Bishops Court was a beautiful property and all the staff (especially Lani and Daniel) were so helpful, nothing was too much trouble and also it was obvious they enjoyed their jobs and sharing Cape Town with visitors. Shamwari was everything and more.... we had chief ranger, who was aptly named Headman (not sure it was spelt that way). On the last morning drive there was just David and I with him, so he treated us to hot water bottles on the cold drive and we watched a family of elephants for some time and Headman told us such a lot about their behaviour and family hierarchy. Food and wine was excellent and plentiful!!!! Saw 8 of the 9 lions in Shamwari including the Big Daddy who gave us such a roar as we left the place they were lying. Scary and exhilarating at the same time. Watched giraffes, nyalas and warthogs from our Bayethe Lodge deck. A lovely starry night on our last evening, so bright. Sorry to leave when time came, I could go on for ever about the animals and am sure my friends/family are reaching boredom level with my tales; but really the experience is indescribable. I would like to thank Travel Butlers and yourself particularly for helping us with the holiday and also allowing us to make some of our own choices for the middle part of the holiday and then fitting your suggestions around them. Words are not enough to describe how we enjoyed the holiday and with a fair wind and god willing, we hope to be back soon. I hope your company enjoys good fortune during what looks like being difficult times in the travel industry in the coming months, it was a pleasure to deal with you.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialShamwari, Bayethe – awesome. The safari was a class of its own ... other people in our group had been on safaris before and told us this was by far the best. Would recommend it to anyone.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialThe holiday was absolutely fantastic. Shamwari was better than we expected and well worth the money. My boyfriend who has never done a safari before was really impressed and surprised that we saw all (except the leopard) of the big 5 plus loads more. The ranger was also fantastic and knew his stuff inside out. The Radisson was also very nice and accommodating.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialThe trip was absolutely fantastic and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodation we stayed in was fantastic - the highlights were definitely the Tsala Tree Top Lodge and the Shamwari tent. The location of the Table Bay Hotel was excellent and Franschhoek was brilliant. I think we will both return next year and spend more time in the Winelands and go back to the Shamwari. Travel Butlers did a brilliant job and everything, from accommodation and transfers to the car hire booking went very smoothly indeed. You took a lot of the pain out of organising the trip and we wont hesitate to recommend you or use you again (hopefully next year!). The Wedding Registry was fabulous and we are very grateful that you set this up in time for our wedding. All the guests noted how good the site was and enjoyed looking at our itinerary.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialOff to Shamwari, the excitement was almost overwhelming! We were greeted on arrival with drinks and a quick tour as the car was parked for us and cases were spirited away to our ‘tent’. Tent, as we’re sure you know, is not an accurate description of the accommodation at Bayethe! It was wonderful and included a private outside shower, roll top bath, viewing platform, plunge pool and all the luxuries you would expect from a 5 star hotel. We were so well looked after and made to feel more like friends then guests by the staff. Sally the Bayethe Lodge Manger, and Headmanm the excellent, knowledgeable and patient ranger were very generous with their time and the attention to detail was amazing. For us the game drives, animals, views, scenery and hospitality made this an EPIC adventure! We loved:- EVERYTHING!End Testimonial

Start TestimonialJust had to write and thank you for booking a really fantastic trip. We enjoyed every part of it, in particular we thought La Fontaine at Franschhoek was excellent and the service we got there from the manageress was so good. Shamwari was the icing on the cake and could not fault that. If, and I hope we will, go again I shall be in touch with you again. Many thanks.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialWe had a superb time at the Shamwari Game Reserve (Bayethe Lodge), all went very well. The whole experience was fantastic. Game drives, food, staff, room all met the standards that we expected. No complaints. Thank you for your attention to our requirements we will certainly recommend you to our friends.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialSteve and I would like to thank you for the suggestions and arrangements you made for our Holiday in South Africa. Everyone made us so welcome, it was a great experience - especially the safari at Shamwari as we managed see all of the 'Big 5' We really appreciated the efforts of Martin, Paul, Sally and their staff at Fynbos Ridge as they really went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible in the poor weather conditions. We will certainly be in touch when we go to South Africa again.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialWe are back from South Africa and must thank you for a great choice of itinerary. The Table Mountain Lodge was very friendly, helpful and convenient, with a great breakfast ... Residence Klein Oliphants was lovely ... Dune Guest Lodge has a wonderful position on the dune, great breakfast and very helpful staff ... Shamwari was just wonderful - we saw the big 5 and wild dogs ... Bradach Manor at Knysna had lovely views and good food ... Roggelands is a great place to unwind before flying back.End Testimonial

Start TestimonialIt was a wonderful trip. All of your arrangements were flawless! Shamwari was unforgettable. Thank you so much for your suggestions, your arrangements, and your patience with us. We appreciate everything you did, and would be happy to have you use our names as references should you want to.End Testimonial

General Information For Guests

The Superior Tents have a plunge pool and a private deck, en-suite bathroom with indoor bath and outdoor shower, television with selected channels, hammock, a fireplace and a private mini bar.

The Luxury Tents have indoor spa baths with indoor shower, comfort cooling/heating, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, an electronic safe, fitted international adaptors, international dial telephone, plunge pool, electric blankets and a private minibar.

The main lodge has a lounge with TV, bush relaxation retreat, in and outdoor dining facilities, outdoor deck with swimming pool, business desk with internet access and curio shop. Inbetween game drives you can visit one of the 2 Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

The programme of events are as follows:


0630 - Wake up call
0700 - A continental breakfast buffet and hot breakfast is served
0730 - Depart for morning game drive
1030 - Return from morning game drive
1100 - Requested check-out time
1200 - Lunch is served until 1400
1300 - Recommended arrival time
1430 - Afternoon tea
1500 - Depart for afternoon game drive
1930 - Pre-dinner drinks
2000 - Set menu or Braai/Barbeque dinner is served - every alternate night


0530 Wake up call
0545 Early morning refreshments
0600 Depart for morning game drive
0900 A continental breakfast buffet and hot breakfast is served
1100 Requested check-out time
1200 Lunch is served until 1500
1300 Recommended arrival time
1500 Afternoon tea
1600 Depart for afternoon game drive
2000 Pre dinner drinks
2030 Set menu or Braai/Barbeque dinner is served - every alternate night


From Port Elizabeth: Follow the N2 towards Grahamstown. Continue along the N2 until you reach a sign board showing Eagles Crag and Bayethe on the Sidbury Road. Turn left on the gravel road and follow this road, passing through the Kwantu Gate until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction, follow the sign boards right to Bayethe.

From Grahamstown: Travel along the N2 towards Port Elizabeth, and follow the directions as above.

Please note that you drive through the reserve to get to the lodge - do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

Bayethe Lodge Map

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